Brazil Brasilia Mission
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Elder Eric Maughan
July 2006 - July 2008

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Eric's itinerary has arrived! He will be flying into the Albany NY airport, arriving at 10:25 am on Wednesday, July 2, 2008. We're excited!!

Lots of new pictures today. Check them out here. (04/28/08)

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POUCH MAIL IS BEING DISCONTINUED FOR ALL MISSIONARIES SERVING IN BRAZIL. All mail must be sent directly to the mission office. (See Contact Information link)

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(excerpts from e-mail sent 18 June 2007)

Hey mom!

Glad that you found a place to e-mail in Ireland. I wasn't really all that worried, though. If I can find a place to e-mail in the jungle of Brazil, where people speak Portuguese, I have complete faith that it can be done in Ireland, too. haha.

Anyway, this was a most excellent week. We worked with Elder Smith, and we were in the MTC together, too. Actually, my companion worked with him and I worked with Elder Maciel, who's from Rio de Janeiro. He's a great guy, a really smart guy who's 23 and already finished college, in business administration. We even talked a little bit about quantum physics and space-time and everything, which is more or less impossible in another language. Turns out that they don't teach you the word for 'quark' in the MTC. So we decided to be good missionaries and keep our conversations on the work, which worked out much better.

I learned a lot this week, again, about our desires and about prayer. It was a rough week as far as baptisms and progressing investigators, but we were able to reach almost all of our goals through a lot of prayer and work. There's a balance between the two that's sometimes hard to find. Sometimes I want to just pray and let God do everything, but we've got to work like crazy, too, so that we can deserve the miracles. That's the way I see it, at least. Another thing I've been learning is that everyone has something to teach you, whether he be an assistant who's about to go home or a newbie from the MTC. I guess the same thing goes for life, right? Anyway, another life lesson learned on the mission.

Last night President gave a fireside in Planaltina about how we, as members, can share the gospel with our friends. He pointed out that a lot of times, although we're really happy about what we have and want to bless our friends with what we've got, we're relucant to invite anyone to church or anything, because we don't want to be rejected. His suggestion: don't make an invitation, then. Just make a comment about something at church, like, "I thought about you yesterday during our meetings at church, because the lesson was on families", or "hey, you would have loved playing basketball at the church last night" or something like that. That way, if they change the subject, you change with them, and you weren't rejected, and if they want to talk about it, they will. Use small steps so they don't get offended or reject you. And, not that I'm thinking about this, but I think this has serious implications in the dating world. Another life lesson learned on the mission... ;)

Ohh, and last week I sent you a package! It's got a CD with all my pictures of the whole mission

Alright, that's the news from here. Transfers are next week, so e-mail will be Tuesday, don't worry. Life is good here. Good luck with the move, and have a great time in Ireland! Life is good

Elder Maughan